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  • Our Lady of the Atonement and the future of the Ordinariates

    03/24/2017 4:01:12 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Fr. Hunwicke's Enrichment Blog ^ | March 21, 2017 | Fr. Hunwicke
    Brilliant News!!! The Holy See has directed that the Texan parish of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio is, with effect from today, part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of S Peter, the American Ordinariate. 'Atonement' was the first (in 1983) of the parishes set up to perpetuate within the Roman Unity groups adhering to their Anglican Liturgy, Spirituality, and theological tradition. It was spectacularly successful, under its dynamic and charismatic Pastor Fr Christopher Phillips. When the Ordinariates were set up, the position of parishes adhering to the 'Anglican Use', but operating as units within ordinary dioceses,...
  • Archbishop Reassures Church Schools 'Will Always Remain Catholic' [if Lessons on Islam Offered]

    03/22/2017 1:18:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Malta Today ^ | 3/22/17 | Paul Cocks
    Archbishop Charles J Scicluna: 'I want to offer a guarantee and reassure all Catholic parents that church schools would not be impoverished if they respect others, but would actually be more authentic'Church schools in Malta will always remain Catholic, with the crucifix on classroom walls, even if they autonomously choose to start offering lessons in Islam and other religions, Malta’s archbishop insisted yesterday. Mons. Charles J. Scicluna was answering questions put to him by MaltaToday, at the end of an event commemorating former Archbishop Joseph Mercieca on the first anniversary since his death. Scicluna said that Church schools should respect...
  • After Long Battle, Texas Parish Joins Anglican Ordinariate

    03/22/2017 1:07:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 3/21/17 | Christine Niles
    SAN ANTONIO ( - In a victory for a Texas parish, the Holy See has approved the admission of Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church into the Anglican Ordinariate, effective March 21. Our Lady of the Atonement was the nation's first pastoral provision parish, established in 1983, after Pope John Paul II made special provisions for former Anglicans to found Catholic parishes where traditional Anglican liturgy is offered. The Vatican established the North American Ordinariate in 2012, and ordained its first bishop, Steven Lopes, in 2016. The Holy See is now directing that all pastoral provision parishes in the United...
  • Pope's Egypt visit offers chance to improve Catholic-Muslim ties

    03/18/2017 8:14:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Mar 18, 2017 | 10:45am EDT | Gavin Jones
    Pope Francis will make a trip to Egypt next month, the Vatican said on Saturday, giving the pontiff another opportunity to promote better relations between Catholics and Muslims. Francis has accepted an invitation to Cairo on April 28-29 from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Catholic bishops, the pope of the Coptic church of Alexandria and the country’s highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, the Vatican said in a statement. Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts, account for about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, which is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim. Sectarian violence sometimes erupts over disputes on issues related to church building, religious conversions and interfaith relationships....
  • Seeking the Lost (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    03/17/2017 5:14:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Martin Luther, as a herald of the Reformation, exclaimed that the church must be profane. It must move out of the temple and into the world. Luther looked to the Latin roots of the word profane, which comes from pro-fanus (“outside the temple”). If Christ is not relevant outside the church, He is insignificant inside the church. If our faith is bound to the inner chambers of the Christian community, it is at best a disobedient faith and at worst, no faith at all. It was the Pharisees who developed the doctrine of salvation by separation. They were practicing segregationists,...
  • Rod Dreher explains the ‘Benedict Option’ and why we need it

    03/16/2017 4:12:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 16, 2017 | Rod Dreher
    Christian families and communities that don’t embrace some form of the Benedict Option aren’t going to make it through this time of testing Veteran journalist Rod Dreher has just produced a potent study of what ails America—and is proposing that the best solution may be (as his new book is titled) “The Benedict Option.” As the book’s promotional materials describe it: Now is a time of testing, when believers will learn the difference between shallow optimism and Christian hope. However dark the shadow falling over the West, the light of Christianity need not flicker out. It will not be...
  • Ides of March Maddow Prayer for Trump

    03/14/2017 5:58:17 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 24 replies
    Free Republic ^ | March 14 2017 | Sontagged
    Lord Jesus: We take authority in Your Name Lord over this supposed tax return release of President Trump's tax returns. Lord God, quell the wickedness in high places that we are wrestling with now: shut the mouths of every lie spoken against the President, and may the truth of the motives of those who say they are releasing these supposed tax returns be revealed for all Americans to see. The wicked plans of the NWO Uniparty liars are abhorrent to You, Lord God; we believe they are whom You laugh at in derision in Psalm 2... expose, unveil and reveal...
  • Bishop McElroy: Discrimination Against Muslims 'Unconscionable'

    03/12/2017 1:06:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 3/10/17 | Heidi Schlumpf
    Catholics must "condemn unequivocally" anti-Muslim prejudice in the United States, including in our own church communities, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy told a national meeting of Muslims and Catholics Wednesday, March 8. McElroy, co-chair of the West Coast Catholic-Muslim Dialogue of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was part of a two-day national meeting of three regional dialogue groups at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago March 8-9. Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich is chair of the national dialogue. In his public remarks, McElroy decried the "intolerable exclusion and marginalization, which both the followers of Islam and Christians are facing in our...
  • Cardinal Nichols Thanks Pope Francis for ‘Steadfast’ Defence of Church Teaching

    03/10/2017 7:48:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/10/17 | Staff Writers
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has congratulated Francis on the fourth anniversary of his electionCardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, has sent a letter of congratulations to Pope Francis on the fourth anniversary of his election as Pope, thanking him for his “steadfast” defence of Church teaching. Cardinal Nichols, president of the bishops’ conference, said he was writing on behalf of Catholics in England and Wales. The cardinal wrote: “We thank God that the Holy Spirit guided the Church in the process of your election and that the same Holy Spirit guides and supports you day by day. We thank God...
  • Vatican Cardinal Enlists the Help of SSPX to ‘Fight the Modernists’

    03/09/2017 7:31:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/9/17 | Claire Chretien
    March 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – In an explosive homily delivered Sunday, the leader of the Society of Pius X (SSPX) said the Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith wants the SSPX to be fully reconciled to help fight modernists in the Church. "Bishop [Bernard] Fellay [reported] the comments of Cardinal (Gerhard) Muller asking the SSPX to join his fight against the modernists," according to the SSPX's USA District. Fellay said "there is much contradiction" among Church leaders with regard to the SSPX, which had a break with the Vatican over Vatican Council II. Some consider the...
  • Foreign nuns, priests embody historic opportunity for U.S. church

    03/08/2017 3:35:30 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crux News ^ | March 4, 2017 | ohn L. Allen Jr.
    Father Dominic Fan Hong Bin of the Diocese of Zhouzhi, China,celebrates Mass at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Aug. 20, 2014. (Credit: CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz.) A new study shows there are now 4,000 foreign-born women religious studying or serving in the United States, building on a rising tide of foreign-born priests. While there are headaches, these ministers are ambassadors of the 94 percent of the Catholic world that isn't American. If American Catholicism has an Achille’s heel, it’s sometimes an attenuated sense of how we fit into the rest of the Catholic world. A bit of basic...
  • The Disruptive Church Now Has a Spokesman

    03/07/2017 6:59:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 3/7/17 | Fr. Mark Pilon
    In 1970, I took part in an early anti-abortion protest in Washington D.C. at George Washington University Hospital. It was intended to be a sit-in at the offices where hospital employees interviewed women seeking abortions. The hospital was violating the laws of the District of Columbia, which back then still prohibited abortion. But abortions were being performed at the hospital nonetheless. Our purpose was simply to demand that the hospital comply with the laws of the District of Columbia. Protesters never got beyond the entrance to the office building and were hit with pepper spray to force them from the...
  • An Invitation to Abundant Life

    Isaiah 55 New King James Version (NKJV) 1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. 3 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The sure mercies of...
  • Civil War in the Vatican as Conservatives Battle Francis for the Soul of Catholicism

    03/05/2017 5:52:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3/4/17 | Catherine Pepinster
    As the pope leaves Rome for a retreat to mark Lent, rebellion and turmoil are in the airWhen Pope Francis was elected nearly four years ago, on 13 March 2013, he was escorted – like every pope before him – from the Sistine Chapel to the Room of Tears. It is the place where a new pope pauses for a moment – and no doubt many of them do shed a few tears, thinking of the momentous responsibility upon their shoulders – before stepping out on to the balcony of St Peter’s to greet the world as the new leader...
  • Archbishop Chaput: Pope Francis Cannot Contradict John Paul II on Communion

    03/03/2017 5:42:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/3/17 | Staff Reporter
    The archbishop said he would like Pope Francis to answer the dubiaArchbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said that it would be good for Pope Francis to answer the dubia, and that Francis cannot contradict Pope St John Paul II’s teaching on marriage. In an interview with Crux to mark the publication of his new book, Archbishop Chaput was asked what he thought was at stake in the debate over marriage and Amoris Laetitia. The document does not mention Communion for the remarried, but some bishops, including those of Malta and Germany, have claimed it authorises the practice. John Paul...
  • Pontifical Academy for Life, Emptied of Members, Delays Annual Assembly

    03/01/2017 7:50:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Pontifical Academy for Life has postponed its annual assembly, because at the moment the Academy has no members other than the new president, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. Last year Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Paglia, revised the statutes of the Vatican office, and purged the entire list of its members. Vatican journalist Sando Magister remarks that the Academy now lists 172 “former” members, but no current members. New appointments are now being considered, he writes. The annual meeting of the Pontifical Academy, ordinarily scheduled early in the year, has been moved until October 2017. The original plan for the annual assembly...
  • Reading Amoris Laetitia in Light of Trent

    03/01/2017 7:36:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | 2/27/17 | Fr. Matthew Schneider LC
    In the debate over Amoris Laetitia, many people have made reference back to Familiaris Consortio 84 where John Paul II commands that for Communion, the divorced and civilly remarried “take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.” It is important to review what this statement is based upon so that we can understand why it cannot be changed. A post-synodal apostolic exhortation, as both of these documents are, can contain infallible statements but is not infallible in its entirety. As we can see in Amoris Laetitia, the...
  • Five Things Pastors Need to stop Doing Immediately

    02/27/2017 7:35:45 PM PST · by metmom · 130 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Nov 4, 2016 | Shane Idleman
    Pastors, we are not just cheerleaders, we are game changers. We are called to stir and to convict so that change takes place. Granted, there are many wonderful pastors and churches—I appreciate their ministry, but, as a whole, the church has drifted off course. They have lost the compass of truth – many are more concerned about wine tasting and craft beers than truly seeking the heart of God. The pulpit regulates the spiritual condition of God’s people which affects the nation. A lukewarm, sex-saturated culture (and church) simply reflects the lack of conviction in the pulpit as well as...
  • Open Letter to Pope Francis re Muhammad

    02/26/2017 7:11:40 AM PST · by Triple · 45 replies
    Triple ^ | Triple
    Open letter to Pope Francis re Muhammad Dear Pope Francis, There is much confusion in the world today about the holiness of Muhammad. The Church must either release its finding that support the use of the term "Holy Quran" or initiate a new inquiry that can support the this classification. Too many people question the holiness of the Quran for the church to remain silent. A strong voice from the Church has the potential to unite the world. Just imagine Christians and Muslims living in harmony. The culmination of this effort should lead to the beatification of Muhammad. After all,...
  • Leftists and Socialists Dominate LA Religious Ed Congress

    02/25/2017 5:18:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/25/17 | Michael Voris
    Jim Wallis: "White Christianity is an idol"ANAHEIM ( - The aging leftist founder of Sojourners, Jim Wallis, took the main stage Saturday morning at the L.A. Religious Education Congress (LA REC) and immediately began pushing a leftwing version of Christianity, saying that "the Church" had to "rediscover Christ" — implying that Christians, for the most part, no longer follow Christ. His is an entire "social gospel" predicated on a liberal interpretation of Scripture, where care of the body is given prominence over care of the soul. In a typical swap of meaning, Wallis quoted — or rather, misquoted — the...
  • Women Deacons a Possibility Says Cardinal

    02/24/2017 7:08:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 2/24/17 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    President of Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, thinks a women's diaconate could happen.According to the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the diaconate for women is a possibility. Asked in a long interview for the German Church’s website on 24 February, what possibilities he saw for women in the Catholic Church, Ravasi replied, “The diaconate for women would, I think, be possible but it must of course, be discussed, as the historic tradition is very complex.” He thought the present fixation on women’s ordination somewhat “clerical”, he said. “Why don’t we start talking...
  • Pope Francis: Jesus Did Not Tell the Pharisees that Divorce is Forbidden

    02/24/2017 7:03:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 2/24/17 | Maike Hickson
    There are coming to us now different reports about Pope Francis’ Santa Marta homily of today which are very troubling. He mentions the Pharisees’ question about divorce and whether it is permitted and then comments on the reaction of Our Lord (Mark 10:1-12), as follows: Jesus does not answer whether it is permitted or not. He does not enter into their [the Pharisees’] classic casuistry. Because they [the Pharisees] thought of faith merely in the framework of “one may not” or “one may” – up to which point one may, up to which point one may not. Thus logic of...
  • Another Spanish Bishop Accused of Hate Speech Over Gender Ideology

    02/22/2017 5:54:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/21/17 | Rodney Pelletier
    GRANADA, Spain ( - LGBT activists are filing a complaint against the bishop of Granada, accusing him of delivering a "homily of hate." The Spanish Observatory Against LGBTfobia (the Observatory) is accusing Abp. Francisco Javier Martínez of hate speech according to the 2014 Cifuentes Act, also called the "Law to Eradicate Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia." In a homily delivered at Mass on February 14, the archbishop noted, "I think right now about all the implications of gender ideology, which moreover tries to impose itself as a law in the education of children." He asserted, "There is a pathology behind it....
  • Cardinal Zen Says ‘Naďve’ Pope and Bad Advisors are Betraying Underground Church in China

    02/21/2017 6:50:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/21/17 | Claire Chretien
    February 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Joseph Zen says the Vatican is betraying Catholics living their faith out clandestinely in China. In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, he says he has been urged to speak out by Catholics who lack the freedom to speak for themselves. Priests and bishops in the underground church have faced imprisonment for adhering to the Holy See, rather than submitting to the patriotic church approved by the Communist government. Cardinal Zen, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong and China's highest-ranking prelate, is pleading with the Vatican not to "sell out" China's Catholics by striking a...
  • Populism is Fuelling Rejection of Migrants, Says Pope

    02/21/2017 6:44:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/21/17 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    The Pope has criticised 'populist demagoguery' and urged people to 'welcome those who knock at our doors'Indifference, fuelled by populist rhetoric in today’s world, fans the flames of rejection that threaten the rights and dignity of migrants, Pope Francis said. Refugees escaping persecution, violence and poverty are often shunned and deemed as “unworthy of our attention, a rival or someone to be bent to our will,” the Pope told participants of the VI International Forum on Migration and Peace. “Faced with this kind of rejection, rooted ultimately in self-centeredness and amplified by populist demagoguery, what is needed is a change...
  • Viganň, the Failed Reformer. With All the Vatican Media Against Him. (Changes in Vatican Media)

    02/20/2017 12:17:41 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    L'Espresso ^ | February 20, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    One week ago Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganň, prefect of the secretariat for communication, reported to Pope Francis and the nine cardinals who are helping him with the reform of the curia on the progress of the Vatican media reorganization entrusted to him.The latest news is the consolidation of Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Center into the dicastery headed by Viganň.In effect, as of January 1, 2017 the name “Vatican Radio” no longer has any legal value and has disappeared from the paychecks of its 350 employees. But this is not all there is to it. As of December 1,...
  • Till We Meet Again, Victory In Jesus

    02/18/2017 6:26:51 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 2/18/2017 | Revski
    Short mandolin solo, chorus only, Till We Met Again and Victory In Jesus. The pictorials at end are of, Greg Olson's art work and I cover mandolin.
  • Twitter Erupts with Dubious Reaction to Cd Cupich’s Post on Marriage Document’s ‘Absolute Clarity’

    02/16/2017 8:27:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/16/17 | Lisa Bourne
    February 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich tweeted Tuesday that Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia document was in full fidelity with the Catholic Church and absolutely clear in the expression of its teaching on marriage, but users of the social media platform weren’t buying it. The cardinal has received countless responses, calling him out on the disagreement among the world’s bishops on the document and disputing in myriad creative ways his characterization of Amoris Laetitia as misleading.
  • Syrian Orthodox Bishops Assail Patriarch for Reverencing Qu’ran

    02/16/2017 8:16:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Six bishops of the Syrian Orthodox Church have accused their Patriarch Ignatius Ephem II of “betrayal of the faith,” after the Patriarch made a gesture of respect for the Qu’ran and referred to “the prophet Mohammed.” During a meeting with Muslim leaders, the Syrian Patriarch raised the Qu’ran in an indication of reverence. That gesture outraged some Syrian prelates, whose protests were acknowledged by the Patriarch as a “serious internal problem” for his Orthodox community. The Patriarch defended his expressions of respect for Islam. “Christ loves everyone, and calls us to be peacemakers with everyone,” he explained. Six bishops against...
  • Cardinal: Remarried Can Take Communion if Continence is ‘Impossible’

    02/15/2017 5:27:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/15/17 | Dan Hitchens
    Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio has published a book on Amoris LaetitiaA senior Vatican cardinal has argued that the divorced and remarried can take Communion when it is impossible for them to avoid having sex. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, has published a book on Amoris Laetitia. The cardinal says that a couple should have “absolution and access to the Eucharist as long as – I repeat – there is the impossibility of immediately changing the situation of sin.” St John Paul II and Benedict XVI reaffirmed the Church’s perennial teaching that divorced and remarried Catholics...
  • Church of England votes to reject controversial gay marriage report which said...

    02/15/2017 1:04:17 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2-15-17 | Olivia Rudgard
    The Church of England's General Synod has voted to reject a controversial report on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The report by the House of Bishops, which was presented to the Synod on Wednesday, called for the Church to adopt a "fresh tone and culture of welcome and support" for gay people - but not to change its opposition to same-sex marriage.
  • REPORT: Women Deaconesses Coming in November

    02/15/2017 2:51:48 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 15 replies
    TradCatKnight ^ | February 14, 2017 | TradCatKnight
    SOURCELoosely translated from the original Italian Drafts Part III: the big "renovations" of Bergoglio "Fra Cristoforo I'll tell you a story. Last Thursday, in one of the Bar present in front of the Porta S. Anna (front of the Vatican State), go out for coffee a Monsignor (very near Bergoglio), in his fifties, and a layman.The discussion falls on "dubia". The Monsignor, with making "sufficient" says: "The Pope will never answer to" dubia "of the 4 cardinal. [He] will never fall to their level. Francis has much bigger projects, which do not stop Italy. The only hitch in this period...
  • Vatican’s Legal Chief Says Desire to Change Enough for Communion

    02/14/2017 7:26:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/14/17 | Inés San Martín
    Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, head of a Vatican office that interprets Church law, writes that Catholics in “non-legitimate” situations can receive Communion as long as they want to change their situation but cannot act on their desire because doing so would lead to further sin.ROME- Catholics who find themselves in what the Church considers “non-legitimate” situations, such as being divorced and civilly remarried, can receive Communion as long as they want to change their situation but cannot act on their desire because doing so would lead to further sin. That’s the final word, at least according to the Vatican’s key interpreter...
  • Bishop Burns Pledges to Work ‘Side by Side’ with All in Dallas Diocese

    02/14/2017 4:45:22 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | February 13, 2017 | David Sedeno
    Bishop Edward J. Burns has been installed as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Dallas at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, taking the place of Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell. During Mass Burns asked for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and vowed to work side-by-side with his new flock. DALLAS — Seeking the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and vowing to exhaust himself for Jesus Christ by working side-by-side with his new flock, Bishop Edward J. Burns was installed as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Dallas at the Cathedral Shrine of the...
  • In Homily, Pope Warns Against Conflicts Within Hierarchy

    02/13/2017 6:23:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    In his homily at a morning Mass on February 13, Pope Francis said that in the absence of a true sense of brotherhood, conflicts can fester and lead to destruction. The Pope spoke about how Cain allowed his resentments against Abel to grow until they led them to murder his brother. He said that in the same way, small complaints can grow and “end up destroying the bond of brotherhood.” The Pope said that these small conflicts can be visible “even among our episcopal colleagues.” He urged the faithful to fight against them, to preserve the sense of brotherhood. Pope:...
  • Chinese Official: Underground Bishops Cannot be Recognized

    02/13/2017 6:16:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    A top Chinese official has cautioned that the Beijing regime has not reached an agreement with the Vatican on the appointment of bishops, and dismissed any possibility that bishops of the “underground” Church will be recognized by the government. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Liu Bainian, the head of the Catholic Patriotic Association, said that the “underground” bishops (who have been recognized by the Holy See but not by the government) are “unfit for the [Communist] Party to work with.” Liu Bainian was reacting to an article in which Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong...
  • Francis Pounds 'Rigid Priests': Time for SSPX to Regularize?

    02/13/2017 4:49:48 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 31 replies
    The Remnant ^ | February 11, 2017 | Michael Matt
    ROME, February 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews): Pope Francis has stated that the rise of new religious institutes that attract numerous religious vocations “worries” him because they often promote “rigidity.” Francis denounced new traditional religious orders as “Pelagians,” who want a return to asceticism and penance... “When they tell me that there is a congregation that draws so many vocations, I must confess that I worry,” he said during the closed-door meeting with 140 Superiors General of male religious orders and congregations that took place November 25. The transcript of the unscheduled Q&A was published this week by the leading Italian...
  • Mandolin Solo & True Story

    02/11/2017 6:31:12 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 2/11/2017 | Revski
    This instrumental is informative, has a true story that happened long ago in the late 1950's, the Lord Jesus reveals to me that, He is Real, also the music is the song, God Be With You, Till We Meet Again, accompanied with lyrics, at the bottom of the video. I cover the song with the mandolin.
  • Church Officials Look to Curb Priest's Social Media Posts

    02/10/2017 5:43:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/8/17 | AP
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey church officials are looking to curtail the online comments of a priest who's called Hillary Clinton an "evil witch" and former President Barack Obama a "bum." The Rev. Peter West of St. John's Catholic Church in Orange posted the comments on Facebook and Twitter. He also has called moderate Islam "a myth" and expressed support for President Donald Trump's travel ban, as well as described millennials as "snowflakes" and liberals as "smug and arrogant."
  • Christian pastor tells South African congregation to drink RAT POISON to 'show forth their faith'

    02/10/2017 8:41:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies ^ | Feb. 10, 2017 | Hannah Al-othman For Mailonline
    A Christian pastor in South Africa has sparked outrage after encouraging worshipers at his church to drink deadly rat poison. Pastor Light Monyeki told worshipers at the Grace Living Hope Ministries to drink from a bottle of water laced with noxious Rattex to 'nourish their bodies' and 'heal their sickness'. After the pastor took a sip from the bottom, 'a multitude of congregants voluntarily ran to the front to have a drink of the deadly poison', the church claimed. Sharing pictures of Monyeki pouring the poisoned water down congregants' throats, the church wrote in a Facebook post: 'The man of...
  • Synod-Talk, Again

    02/09/2017 7:10:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/8/17 | George Weigel
    On January 13, the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops published a “preparatory document” for the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment. The document begins well enough, with a brief meditation on St. John the Beloved as the model of a young person who answers the call to follow the Lord and makes a gift of himself in evangelical witness. Sadly, things go downhill from there. Rather than pursuing that Johannine biblical imagery to explore the dynamics of youthful faith in the twenty-first-century world, the Synod General Secretariat reverts to the sociologese that marred the Instrumentum...
  • Pope Francis Denounces ‘Restorationist’ Orders Bursting with Young People

    02/09/2017 6:57:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/9/17 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, February 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Pope Francis has stated that the rise of new religious institutes that attract numerous religious vocations “worries” him because they often promote “rigidity.” Francis denounced new traditional religious orders as “Pelagians,” who want a return to asceticism and penance. In an obvious reference to the Legionnaries of Christ, he called young people in traditional order “soldiers who seem ready to do anything for the defense of faith and morality, and then some scandal emerges involving the founder [male or female].” “So, do not put hope in the sudden, mass blooming of these Institutes,” he...
  • German Cardinal: It’s ‘Very Clear’ the Pope Backs Our Stance on Communion for ‘Remarried’

    02/08/2017 6:49:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/7/17 | Claire Chretien
    February 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said in a new interview that he thinks it's "very clear" that Amoris Laetitia allows Communion for remarried divorcees, and that Pope Francis intended it that way. Speaking to the National Catholic Register's Ed Pentin on February 6, Marx said, "I think there is a clear position and the line of the Pope is very clear." The Catholic bishops of Germany just released guidelines for the implementation of Amoris Laetitia that say some Catholics in adulterous unions may receive Holy Communion. The German bishops, including Marx and Cardinal Walter Kasper, pushed...
  • Amoris Laetitia versus the Church’s enduring Magisterium on matrimony [Catholic Caucus]

    02/08/2017 4:30:53 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | unknown | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    In face of the confusion caused by the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and after having shown in two recent studies the lamentable incoherencies and falsities in the document (see here and here), and Denzinger-Bergoglio would like to remind its readers of the teachings that the Church has always conveyed to the ‘remarried divorced’ and to sinners in general. Let’s not forget that the Church is a Mother and, as such, She has always looked out for her children, especially those in situations of risk to their eternal salvation. Her maternal care has never deceived them about their real situation of...
  • In Homily, Pope Again Warns Against ‘Rigid’ Focus on Commandments

    02/07/2017 7:58:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    Pope Francis once again decried a “rigid” approach to Christianity, in his homily at a morning Mass at the Vatican on February 6. God created the world and then created man, the Pope said, “To have someone... with whom to share his fullness.” Then to “set things right” God sent his Son to redeem the world. This is the great challenge of faith, the Pope said: to recognie the wonders of creation and redemption and to “receive the gift of the Father.” In this context the Holy Father said that some people are unable to receive the gift, and instead...
  • Latest From Santa Marta. Open Doors For Women Priests

    02/07/2017 7:40:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Settimo Cielo ^ | 2/7/17 | Sandro Magister
    On August 2, 2016, Pope Francis instituted a commission to study the history of the female diaconate, for the purpose of its possible restoration. And some have seen this as a first step toward priesthood for women, in spite of the fact that Francis himself seems to have ruled it out absolutely, responding as follows to a question on the return flight from his journey to Sweden last November 1 (in the photo, his embrace with Swedish Lutheran archbishop Antje Jackelen): "For the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the last clear word was given by Saint John Paul...

    02/07/2017 3:17:22 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | February 7, 2017
    Pope Francis has marked the “day for life” in Italy by adopting the abortion lobby’s euphemism “interruption of pregnancy” in place of language that accurately describes the killing of unborn children. In his message the Holy Father does speak some welcome words, encouraging “courageous educational action in favour of human life” and reminding the gathered crowds that “every life is sacred”. Unfortunately rather than refer to abortion he adopts terminology used by the abortion industry. In fact, the form of words used by Pope Francis is specifically condemned by Pope John Paul II in his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae:“Especially in...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - February 6, 2017 [Prayer]

    02/05/2017 7:40:24 PM PST · by · 32 replies
    prayer intercessors ^ | February 6, 2017 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Preacher Locked Up for Hate Crime After Quoting the Bible to Gay Teenager

    02/05/2017 6:13:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/5/17 | Telegraph Reporters
    A Christian evangelist was accused of a hate crime and locked up in a cell after preaching from the Bible to a gay teenager. Gordon Larmour, 42, was charged by police after telling the story of Adam and Eve to a 19-year-old who asked him about God’s views on homosexuality. The street preacher referred to the Book of Genesis and stated that God created Adam and Eve to produce children. Within minutes he was frogmarched to a police van, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour 'aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation' - despite not swearing or using any form...
  • Mandolin Chorus Instrumental

    02/04/2017 7:34:38 AM PST · by Revski
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 2/24/2017 | Revski
    This instrumental is short but informative, the pictorials are of, Greg Olson's art work and I cover mandolin. The chorus hymn is; Victory In Jesus; accompanied with lyrics. A special thanks to FR for giving this minister some time to spread what is true and we all need to know Jesus our Lord. To all who viewed my humble videos, in accordance to your hearts many Blessing in Christ Jesus to you and family. o7jimmy